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Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Falling In Love With Lewis Carroll 
I've known only of Alice In Wonderland from my childhood, but I've been recently reintroduced to the works of Lewis Carroll by a random friend, and these are the couple of my favourite lines from his poetry ;)

LoL! He looks dopey!Phantamasgoria and Other Poems by Lewis Carroll
Stung by his cold and snaky eye,
I roused myself at length
To say "At least I do defy
The veriest sceptic to deny
That union is strength!"

"That's true enough," said he, "yet stay - "
I listened in all meekness -
"UNION is strength, I'm bound to say;
In fact, the thing's as clear as day;
But ONIONS are a weakness."
I don't care what people say about Lewis [yes, first name basis! ;D], but I think he's brilliamt, even if he's a pothead, paedophile, mathematician, etc, all put together. Potheads can be brilliamt people too ;)

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
"If this were only cleared away,"
They said, "it would be grand!"

"If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"
"I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.
And this, from the same poem above, probably defines my [nonexistant] social life.
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
^_^ I wished they taught Lewis Carroll back then in school, but maybe having the next generation of leaders being pothead-potentials didn't seem to agree with Wawasan 2020 ;)

His stuff all seems like nonsense, but in a rather fantastical, enigmatic, and abstract manner. I'd think though that kids and younger children would be able to appreciate [my dear] Lewis better, because we adults are too complicated, needing a reason, interpretation or a rationalization to every word we read.

A friend of mine agreed, saying, that when reading [darling] Lewis, it is best to empty your mind, and approach his work with as few pre conceived notions as possible.

I've also favored over my Statistics homework, The Hunting of the Snark, which was equally intriguing. But I've given up reading between the lines for perhaps a plot or a double entendre that I'm perhaps missing, or googling it up to see whether if it's just me who's not getting it, being unisel brained and all =P

I found out later that the man himself had this to say.
When he was asked what 'he meant' by The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll replied: 'I'm very much afraid I didn't mean anything but nonsense ! Still, you know, words mean more than we mean to express when we use them; so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer means. So, whatever good meanings are in the book, I'm glad to accept as the meaning of the book.
Ah, yes. Am falling deeply in love with Lewis. Too bad he's dead (1832-1898), and. Er. Am no necrophiliac. Ah, well. Will reserve said love, time, energy, and uterus for someone else as brilliamt then, I guess.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have something less sexy to do now - Statistics homework! D';

graceshu  # 12:18 PM
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